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find the net

In sports that use netted goals (e.g., soccer, hurling, hockey, etc.) or hoops (e.g., basketball), to score a goal or point by sending the ball or puck into the net. Their offense played brilliantly today, but they just weren't able to find the net often enough to secure a win.
See also: find, net

all is fish that comes to his net

A phrase that describes one's ability to make use of anything available. I don't know how Chris fixed his car with the few tools he had with him at the time, but he's so smart like that—all is fish that comes to his net.
See also: all, come, fish, net

cast (one's) net wide

To consider a variety of options. I always encourage my students to cast their nets wide when contemplating potential careers.
See also: cast, net, wide

cast (one's) net wider

To broaden one's search or criteria for something, thus giving oneself more options. A: "I don't know why John has only applied to Ivy League schools when he only has average grades." B: "I know, I've told him to cast his net wider."
See also: cast, net, wider

surf the Net

to browse around in the contents of the Internet. I spend an hour a day or more surfing the Net.
See also: net, surf

cast your net wide/wider

to think about a large number of things or people when choosing the thing or person that you want If we don't get many interesting candidates this time round we may have to cast our net a little wider.
See cast eye over, throw in lot with
See also: cast, net, wide

a safety net

a system or arrangement that helps you if you have problems, especially financial problems (often + for ) The hardship fund provides a safety net for students who run out of money before they've completed their course.
See also: net, safety

slip through the net

to not be caught or dealt with by the system that should be catching or dealing with you The system is failing and mental patients who badly need help are still slipping through the net. Innocent people have been falsely convicted while the guilty ones may be slipping through the net.
See also: net, slip, through

net result

n. the final result after all the assets and liabilities have balanced out. I don’t care about the little things. What is the net result?
See also: net, result

surf the net

tv. to browse through the offerings of the internet. He surfs the net for three hours each evening.
See also: net, surf
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Baited hoop nets may be used to take spiny lobsters and all species of crabs.
Not more than five baited hoop nets may be fished by a person to take spiny lobster and crab, not to exceed a total of 10-baited hoop nets from any vessel.
Morton lowered a baited hoop net into the heaving ocean.
When you make a constant pull, water pressure keeps the lobsters in the bottom of net,'' said Hong.
California Department of Fish and Game hoop net regulations:
There, one Tim Berners-Lee devised a tool called a browser, which, along with the new programming language called HTML (Hyper-text Markup Language) upon which it rested, changed the rules of the Net forever.
For one thing, so many different technologies are involved in the various aspects and capabilities of the Net - the Web is only one of them - that it's a mistake to think of the Net as a single technology.
Its immersive nature - we spend our time in the Net's resources as well as moving our information on the Net - makes it more of an environment than any previous medium.
Employees should be asked to come up with new ways to do business that take advantage of the Net and the opportunities it offers.
While one would probably not go so far as some New Age-y commentators who refer to the Net as a living organism, it's not necessarily a mistake to couch our Internet-related thinking in organic terms.
The impact of the Net flows throughout an enterprise," Doyle says.
Net-Age CEOs need not get all touchy-feely about the Net - their tech employees are doing that for them.
People," John Perry Barlow points out, "will bring to your company's Web site [or extranet] a set of expectations of how the world works on the Net.
Anything that can be clone to render Net communication and transaction invisible works to the benefit of the Net relationship - and your company.
The Net is a metamorphic force, rapidly changing and rapidly accelerating change.